Living well with chronic pain

Using person-centered e-health design to support self-management

Project period



The Research Council of Norway: Project #256574

Project summary

Chronic pain seriously affects public health in Norway, where as much as 30% of adults experience moderate to severe chronic pain, and chronic pain is the most common cause of sick leave and disability pension. National authorities and patients are calling for efficient new ways to improve health care for this large population, a call the proposed study aims to answer.

A growing body of research supports efficacy of e-health interventions in contributing to successful self-management of chronic illness. However, more research is needed to establish evidence and effectiveness for people with chronic pain. There is also a gap in knowledge on user perspectives in designing e-health interventions, and factors facilitating implementation.

Closing this gap is vital, and the project aims to do so through developing, testing and evaluating a person centered interactive e-health intervention to support self-management for people with chronic pain. The goal will be reached trough 1) designing and pilot-testing an e-health intervention, 2) employing a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the intervention in comparison with a control group, and 3) evaluating for sustained use of intervention through qualitative examinations, cost-benefit analyses and implementation explorations.

The project will use a person-centered approach, and the intervention will be developed through iterative process and in close collaboration with patient representatives. The research team is well prepared for this project, and the alliance of interdisciplinary experts from leading national and international research centers, in close collaboration with user representatives, facilitates high quality science from development to testing and preparation for implementation. If effective, this intervention has the potential to contribute to better health care, reduced societal burden and most importantly to improved quality of life for people living with chronic pain.


  • Regionalt kompetansesenter for smerte

    Oslo University Hospital Audun Stubhaug, MD, PhD

  • Una Stenberg

    Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Learning and Mastery in Health, Oslo University Hospital

  • Heidi Zangi, PhD

    National Advisory Unit on Rehabilitation in Rheumatology Diakonhjemmet Hospital

  • Kurt Kleppe Josefsen

    Learning and mastery service, Vestre Viken Hospital Trust

  • Katty Bevan

    Learning and mastery service, Vestre Viken Hospital Trust

  • Solveig Helene Midtvedt

    Learning and mastery service, Vestre Viken Hospital Trust

  • Kristin Storvik

    Learning and mastery service, Drammen municipality

  • Eleshia J. Morrison, PhD, LP

    Mayo Clinic, Pain Rehabilitation Center, Minnesota, USA

  • Karen E. Weiss, PhD, LP, ABPP

    University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Washington, USA

  • Karlein M. G. Schreurs, PhD, Professor

    University of Twente, Centre for eHealth and Wellbeing Research, Enschede, The Netherlands

  • Lori B. Waxenberg, PhD, ABPP

    University of Florida, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Florida, USA